Question about showering with S2

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by JerTheGeek, Nov 6, 2016.

  1. JerTheGeek macrumors 68000

    JerTheGeek

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    I know Apple says it's "ok" to shower, and in the tech specs it's "safe to wear it while showering." So, great, obviously it can handle water, that's fine nothing to worry about. But what about soap? Apple recommends avoiding soaps but then they say it's ok to shower with it. So my question is, is it actually ok to shower with the S2 Watch if soap is involved?
     
  2. julesme macrumors regular

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    Out of an abundance of caution, I think it makes sense to keep soap away. Ask yourself what soap is for: It's intended to stick to, penetrate, or otherwise alter certain compounds.



    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205000

    Showering with Apple Watch Series 2 is ok, but we recommend not exposing Apple Watch to soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and perfumes as they can negatively affect water seals and acoustic membranes. Apple Watch should be cleaned with fresh water and dried with a lint free-cloth if it comes in contact with anything other than fresh water.

    Water resistance isn't a permanent condition and may diminish over time. Apple Watch can't be rechecked or resealed for water resistance. The following may affect the water resistance of your Apple Watch and should be avoided:

    • Dropping Apple Watch or subjecting it to other impacts.
    • Exposing Apple Watch to soap or soapy water.
    • Exposing Apple Watch to perfume, solvents, detergent, acids or acidic foods, insect repellent, lotions, sunscreen, oil, or hair dye.
    • Exposing Apple Watch to high velocity water, for example while water skiing.
    • Wearing Apple Watch in the sauna or steam room.

    Edit: I have not covered my Watch with soap, for the reasons above, but like the OP I would be curious to hear if anyone else has done this. :)
     
  3. Julien macrumors G3

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    Well over 500 soapy showers with my S0.
     
  4. jaypr macrumors member

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    Thought about taking my AW2 off when in the shower and using shampoo, but decided I was more likely to drop it.

    So I keep it on and shower with shampoo, but rinse the watch off under the shower head once I've finished.
     
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    All you need to do is look at your shower walls or that nasty ring in the tub to know that you should not shower with your watch. Can you, yes you can, should you, I do not think so!
     
  6. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    I rinse my watch off in the first part of my shower, then take it off and set it on the side of the tub (the magnet inside the watch back kinda keeps it from moving too much, too). I wipe it off with my towel when I'm done.

    Looks very clean after 15 months of ownership.
     
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  8. GovtLawyer macrumors 6502

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    I do not understand why anyone would shower with a watch on? The only thing I can think of is perhaps at the gym, if you didn't trust to keep it in a locker. Why wear it in the shower at home?
     
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  10. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    Why not? Well, yeah, soap residue can eventually cause problems, but rinse it out and it's fine.

    You clean your regular watches, don't you? Or do you let the get all nasty and gunky with who-know-what growing in old skin oils and dead skin cells?

    Rinse it with tap water afterwards, just like with regular watches.
     
  11. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Do you think if you rinse it off quickly, it's not a big deal? Or should I just avoid it completely by taking it off?
     
  12. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    What I do is wear it while I shampoo, take it off and run some water on it, then set it aside while I finish cleaning myself. I wipe it off with the towel afterwards.

    Same as I do with my other watches.
     
  13. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That's what I just did, seems to work best as it gets clean but avoids too much soap (and you have to clean your arm anyway so it's best to take it off then).
     
  14. Badrottie Suspended

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    I take it off before working with dishwasher machine. When I am done with my job I put it back on.
     
  15. gwhizkids macrumors 68020

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    Personally, I like taking it off at times. Have no need for it in the shower. I can guesstimate the time well enough and most screen functions don't work well with wet fingers, so I don't even try. Routinely rinse it under running water in the sink, though. Still freaks me out to expose electronics to water....
     
  16. julesme macrumors regular

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    Here are three reasons to wear the watch in the shower at home:

    1)If you charge your watch at night/while asleep and the charger is next to your bed, you can grab the watch first thing in the morning and leave it on the entire day.

    2)If you shower after exercising, leaving watch on while showering saves the time and effort of separately rinsing the watch at the sink.

    3)You can continue to monitor the time while in the shower. This could be relevant for anyone preparing for a commute.
     
  17. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    I agree. Its silly to wear the watch in the shower at home.
     

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